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'''Thomas Whittemore''' (January 2, 1871 – June 8, 1950) was an American scholar and archaeologist who founded the Byzantine Institute of America. His close personal relationship with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder and the first president of the Turkey#Republic of Turkey|Turkish Republic, enabled him to gain permission from the Turkey|Turkish government to start the preservation of the Hagia Sophia mosaics in 1931.
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